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Clockwork

Design Your Business to Run Itself
Narrated by: Mike Michalowicz
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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Do you worry that your business will collapse without your constant presence? Are you sacrificing your family, friendships, and freedom to keep your business alive? What if instead your business could run itself, freeing you to do what you love when you want, while it continues to grow and turn a profit?

It's possible. And it's easier than you think.

If you're like most entrepreneurs, you started your business so you could be your own boss, make the money you deserve, and live life on your own terms. In reality, you're bogged down in the daily grind, constantly putting out fires, answering an endless stream of questions, and continually hunting for cash. 

Now, Mike Michalowicz, the author of Profit First and other small-business best sellers, offers a straightforward step-by-step path out of this dilemma. In Clockwork, he draws on more than six years of research and real-life examples to explain his simple approach to making your business ultra-efficient. 

Among other powerful strategies, you will discover how to:

  • Make your employees act like owners: Free yourself from micromanaging by using a simple technique to empower your people to make smart decisions without you. 
  • Pinpoint your business's most important function: Unleash incredible efficiency by identifying and focusing everyone on the one function that is most crucial to your business.
  • Know what to fix next: Most entrepreneurs try to fix every inefficiency at once and end up fixing nothing. Use the "weakest link in the chain" method to find the one fix that will add the most value now.

Whether you have a staff of one, 100, or somewhere in between, whether you're a new entrepreneur or have been overworked and overstressed for years, Clockwork is your path to finally making your business work for you.

©2018 Mike Michalowicz (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“If there will ever be a patron saint for entrepreneurs, Mike Michalowicz is surely a top contender for the position. He has personally been through every point of the entrepreneurial roller coaster, which gives him the credibility to speak to entrepreneurs in the kind of honest language they want to hear. Avoiding the airy, high-altitude maxims so common in other books, Clockwork is chock full of practical and relatable advice. It reminds entrepreneurs why they set out on the adventure and offers them a toolbox to take with them.” (Simon Sinek, optimist and author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last)

Clockwork is a how-to-manual for helping a small business owner achieve the purpose of owning a business - time and financial freedom. Masterful job Mike!” (Gino Wickman, author of Traction and creator of EOS)    

"When your business runs like clockwork, you can finally go off the clock! In this fun book, Mike shows how you, too, can achieve the dream of an enterprise that thrives while you enjoy all life has to offer." (Laura Vanderkam, author of Off the Clock and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

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Brilliant book for business owners

As a small business owner life can be hard, you often feel alone in the fog that is the never-ending list of things to do. After reading profit first (another one of Mike's books) and implementing it into my business, I'm now able to focus on this next process which is designing a business that can work without me and my list of things to do. I love how Mike is real, he tells great stories and he is realistic on what an entrepreneur can achieve. I'm grateful for the free recourses that help make this book an actionable plan.

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Another eye opener

I'm reading this through for the second time. Mike has opened my eyes more than once (first with Profit First, then with Pumpkin plan and Clockwork).

If you work solo or with a small team, this book will give you solid concepts to move out of the day to day grind. I was itching to put the ideas into place on my first read through, but waited until I'd read the whole thing, then went straight back to the beginning and started following the steps. The first exercise alone (your company's time analysis) is worth it's weight in gold. There are so many tips and ideas that there's bound to be at least one (likely more) that will help any business improve in some way.

Mike's books are fun to listen to as well - enough humour and and a smidge of ad-lib to keep you engaged and chuckling throughout. Personally I've found that not many good authors can do the narration as well as the writing, but Mike's nailing both.

Thanks again Mike, always a fan!

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solid ideas and systems and great delivery.

well worth the time. get it. read it and implement it. for you businesses sake.

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A must read for small business owners

I listened to the audio version but will also be getting the book... I’m going to need to refer back to many of the points in this book.
If you’re a new small business owner... read this book
If you’ve been in business for years... read this book
Even if you feel like you’re crushing it... read this book

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Good book well presented

This was a good book delivered well . I think some of Mikes other books have been better but this is still worth the read/listen

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  • Mel
  • 24-10-2019

Brilliant methodology

Mike is easy to listen to. His methodology for running your business is sound advice. I look forward to “clock working” my business and having more time for myself.

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Great book to systemize your business!

Focusing on the most important thing and to design the business. Thanks for the reminder!

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Great read

Nails the key issues of scaling a business and how to deal with the common push backs. Good real world examples. Excellent read. Highly recommend this book.

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Love it! Inspiring

This book is easy to listen to easy to understand. The real life stories are great way to relate to the book and the process. Would recommend this book to all small businesses.

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Easy to listen to & great steps to follow

Mike has a great voice & manner which makes it really easy to listen to and take in the great advice he provides. The steps he gives are well set out and broken down into small chunks. I'm listening to it again as I implement the steps now.

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  • Kristen Bowen
  • 26-09-2018

Clock Work

My biggest takeaway from this book was I was creating more work for me by having my team come back and ask questions. I am making the transition to letting them know the outcome and then decide how to get their themselves. It has been a game changer for me. Hard but so worth it.

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  • Andrew
  • 13-10-2018

What we needed...BADLY!

November 1, 2019 this book will have served it’s purpose… I will be out of the office and on a vacation wherever I want to be for four weeks :-) thank you Michael

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  • Pierre
  • 30-10-2018

Simple, Easy & Quick to Implement Tools

I found this book, simple, to the point and easy to implement the recommended ideas and tools, it has already made a significant impact on how I run my small business.

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  • Demetri Chambers
  • 25-10-2018

I really gained a lot from this book

This is a great book for anyone who is ready and willing to go to the next level in their business. I wish I had read it a long time ago.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-09-2018

I didn’t want to finish the last hour

If you want to hear the same things repeated over and over for 7 hours this is the book for you.

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  • 匿名
  • 13-07-2019

A great approach

If you want to learn how to start letting your business run itself, check out this book. Some great strategies and approaches are explained.

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  • Jeff J
  • 04-07-2019

Thank you, Mike

I bought this book after reading (and fully implementing) one of Mike’s other books, Profit First, in my own business. That system has helped me to transform the way cash flows through my business and, after only about two months into implementation, is having a serious impact on our financial stability. That book gave me a path toward healthy cash flow and profitability. This one has shown me the path toward a business that works for me...in other words FREEDOM.

I found Clockwork to be equally helpful in regards to helping me to think through a transformation in the way work flows through our company. I JUST finished the book now, and have only partially implemented the Clockwork system, but am seriously excited about the future of my business and the potential for the freedom envisioned when I first started my company. This book has given me a path toward a business that runs like Clockwork, and that frees me to live the life I choose to live.

If that sounds exciting to you too, I enthusiastically recommend that you read this book as well.

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  • Bunty S.
  • 17-11-2019

Great for identifying who to hire

My takeaway was about tracking my time and identifying where I’m spending my resources personally.

Also the “queen bee” analogy was helpful to structure a business in working towards a central goal rather than serving me.
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  • Daniele
  • 09-11-2019

Another great book from Mike.

Fantastic Book I would Recommend this To all business owners. I talk about it all the time we even started a book club, and this was the 1st book.. it’s brilliant.. and my 4th Book I’ve finished by Mike. On to Toilet Paper entrepreneur next.

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  • Diana J Powell
  • 28-10-2019

Another Home Run

I finally found an author who I can relate to, every book of his has just hit home with me, I truly love how he seems to write directly for me, I have read every Audible book he has, or I have read it personally,Mike is a true gentleman who takes the time to read and respond to most of his emails, Hey Mike its Kevin Blue, I am sharing this account with my wife and family, just wanted to let you know I love your books

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  • Michal Dybowski
  • 09-08-2019

As usually Mike hasn’t failed me.....

It’s actually the first time I’ve been off from running a business for 20 years and I went to work for someone else for the last year ... I just had to do! I was so tired that I couldn’t work anymore for myself. I felt drained, exhausted, I’ve just started to hate the amount of tasks I’ve been putting on myself trying to do absolutely everything .... but now with this book, I’m ready! To go back to living the dream I’ve always wanted. But this time I will design the business from the scratch, in the new country I’m currently in, with clockwork, step-by-step approach. I hope I will be able to share the story how it all will go ! :) Thanks Mike, love this book ... same as all the others ;)

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  • James Boyd
  • 24-04-2019

Excellent and useful

Really like the concept behind this book and look forward to using the techniques included. Highly recommend

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  • 匿名
  • 10-09-2018

A game changer for scaling a business

This is a great listen for any entrepreneur who wants to scale their business. You want at least 1 axtionable insight from every book and there are at least 10 real gems here. game changer.

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  • 匿名
  • 17-11-2019

love Mike Michalowitz

another great listen, lots to take away and implement. if you want to customize your business then it starts here.

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  • Kristian Arnold
  • 24-09-2019

Love it

Really liked this book and simply explained concepts it contains. Must read for any bosses who find themselves stuck.

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  • discovercrm
  • 17-07-2019

a mist read

really enjoyed this audio, the control not is useful although my business isn't quite at the clockwork stage. the chapter with QBR Is essential pay close attention to it. its changing how my small business operates

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  • J Rose
  • 26-04-2019

Great book well written

Really enjoy the enthusiasm of the author on the topic of small business and finance. He is good at stratergy and I feel I've taken some helpful points from both of his books I've read so far. He is very easy to listen to so got through the book fairly quickly. We are starting to implement clockwork now and hopefully remove myself from the queen bee role and bring on staff to cover core business processes. Thank you Mike!

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  • Darren
  • 21-04-2019

So simple

I love listening to Mike he makes everything sound so simple. Once put into practice everything falls into place.

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  • Sarah MB
  • 14-04-2019

Great book for entrepreneurs

Some great advice for entrepreneurs stuck in the trapping of doing everything. I just need to decided on the 4 week vacation location and get cracking. Would highly recommend

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  • Martin Adams
  • 15-03-2019

Very practical

I’ve been running my own business as a freelance developer and work in house now with another team. This book has taught me why I’ve been unable to help others do the work without considerable effort to oversee it. If your building a small business or want your team to perform better, give this book a go.